Judge delays resumption of Duncan death penalty

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Judge delays resumption of Duncan death penalty

Post  Jennie on Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:21 pm

IDAHO----re: federal death penalty trial

Judge delays resumption of Duncan death penalty

The federal death penalty case for convicted murderer Joseph Edward Duncan III has been delayed again by the judge overseeing the case.

An order filed by District Judge Edward Lodge states mental health experts need at least 2 more weeks to determine Duncan's competency to stand trial.

The court is trying to determine if Duncan is competent to represent himself in his sentencing hearing for the 2005 kidnapping and abuse of Shasta and Dylan Groene and the slaying of Dylan. The children were kidnapped from their northern Idaho home.

A pool of more than 300 prospective jurors were told in May to check with the court Monday to find out when jury selection might resume.

(source: Associated Press)

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